Public Policy Blog

Problematic DOL Guidance on Nonprofit Unemployment . . . and How to Fix It

Last updated: April 28, 2020

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy

Last night, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance (Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 18-20) on how states can implement a new federal law (Section 2103 of the CARES Act) intended to help minimize nonprofits’ liability for unemployment insurance (UI) claims related to COVID-19. The DOL guidance cuts against the intent of this CARES Act provision by:

Everything you wanted to know about nonprofits and elections...but were afraid to ask

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

As yard signs are beginning to show up in lawns across North Carolina in preparation for the March 3 primary election, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has been fielding many questions about the types of election-related activities nonprofits can and can’t do. To save you the trouble of a phone call or email, we’re sharing some thoughts (and even a few answers!) on some of the most common questions we’re hearing.

Tax Policy Changes Could Protect and Enhance Charitable Giving

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

If you haven’t yet filed your 2018 federal income taxes, there is a good chance you have a folder at home with records of the charitable contributions you made last year. There is an equally good chance you will never actually use these records when you file your taxes. The tax change at the root of this phenomenon is causing significant concern for nonprofits across North Carolina.